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Report: Leeds could sign Italian striker instead of handing Becchio shock return

Leeds United are reportedly considering a move to re-sign Luciano Becchio, but may choose Leonardo Pavoletti instead.

With Leeds having lost four of their last five games, manager Neil Redfearn needs to strengthen his side during this month's transfer window.

Sporting Director Nicola Salerno has already confirmed that the club want to sign a central midfielder and a striker in a bid to haul themselves away from the relegation zone.

So far, we've seen a host of players linked with moves to Elland Road; Palermo duo Souleymane Bamba and Granddi Ngoyi, Juve Stabia striker Samuele Di Carmine, Livorno striker Andrey Galabinov and Verona winger Raphael Martinho to name but a few.

However, the one piece of speculation that has gained the most reaction from Leeds fans is that Redfearn wants to re-sign striker Luciano Becchio.

The Argentine spent almost five years at Elland Road, scoring 87 goals in 221 games and becoming a hero to Leeds fans before a January 2013 move to Norwich.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have confirmed that Leeds want to sign the Norwich striker having seen his loan deal at Rotherham expire - but he may not end up back in West Yorkshire.

Apparently, Redfearn may have specifically asked for Becchio, but the club still want to sign Leonardo Pavoletti and are willing to pursue the Sassuolo centre forward despite Redfearn's interest in Becchio.

Pavoletti, 26, attended Leeds' Boxing Day defeat to Wigan Athletic and seemed set for a move to Elland Road, but that seems to have stalled ever since.

Surely Leeds will land one of them - but now we may just see who calls the shots with transfers; Redfearn or Salerno.

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